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Facebook Phisher Scams and Other Apps To Be Weary Of

Posted on: April 28th, 2013

Facebook Phisher ScamsThere is nothing worse than falling victim to Facebook phisher scams. The bad news is that there are plenty of them out there. Every day thousands of people become victims of seemingly harmless apps. Facebook has plenty of them. Many of them look perfectly legitimate. Some of them seem like they are going to help protect your identity.

One of the apps on Facebook claims that if you click on it, that it will actually help you see who has viewed your profile. This scam is an app that posts comments on user’s timeline. One of the more common comments that it posts include “OMG OMG OMG” followed by the comment that users can’t believe that the application actually works. You can see who has posted or viewed your profile.

Once users click on the application however, the user is directed to an external website where a link is posted to their wall and they are prompted to provide personal information.

More than 58,000 people were caught actually providing this information.

Facebook apps that are also dangerous or have been dangerous phishing scams in the past have included the Facebook Colors application which include Facebook Red, Green or Black, which had active viruses in them.

How To Protect Yourself From Phishing

Most applications that are phishing scams or redirections are notably obvious. They will take you away from the primary website that you are on, and begin by asking you for personal information. Another famous ploy of hackers and scammers is to suggest that you have won a prize or a gift, and then ask you for a credit card, claiming that to earn your prize or gift you have to first sign up for certain items, including a membership to a magazine or subscription service.

How is it that you have won something free, but to “earn” it you first have to pay something? If you read the fine print you can usually figure out that your free prize is not free at all, and typically you have to pay the price. That price may also be a virus, worm, or your identity. So be cautious in all that you do. Remember that some errors are more costly than others on the Web.

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You can improve your safety by using a paid proxy service to protect your surfing and internet identity. These servers will allow you to surf the web anonymously, to cache pages, and to filter information coming from the web. This is an excellent tool for enhancing web security.

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